Why Does Ancestry.com Better Copies and Better Indexing of Census Records Than FS?
Here's just one of many examples. Doing a search of 1850 Boone County Indiana Census records, I couldn't find my ancestor John Mahony. But I easily found it on Ancestry.com. It turns out that the copy on Ancestry.com is clear and bright, while the copy on FS is dark and practically illegible. John Mahony was indexed on Ancestry, while it turns out he was only indexed as John (no surname), because the indexer couldn't read the surname. (I used Edit to correct the index on FS.)
Why does Ancestry.com have a much better copy of the Census than FS? And why is their index different than FS? Does each organization film the Census records separately and do their own indexing? See screen shots below.